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Governor Wolf Urges Speaker Ryan to Consider Impact of ACA Repeal on Opioid Epidemic, Extends Invite to Visit Treatment Center

first_imgGovernor Wolf Urges Speaker Ryan to Consider Impact of ACA Repeal on Opioid Epidemic, Extends Invite to Visit Treatment Center Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, as Speaker Paul Ryan visits Philadelphia to set the Republican agenda in Washington, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf invited the speaker to visit a substance use disorder treatment center with him to witness the extraordinary work being done to help those suffering from substance use disorder – many of whom use Medicaid to cover their treatment – and see the devastating toll this unprecedented public health crisis is having on families and communities in the commonwealth.To view the letter in its entirety, click here (Scribd). View a PDF version here.“In 2015, over 3,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to this terrible disease, and we expect the numbers for 2016 to be even higher,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We can all agree that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is not perfect. However, the ACA allowed me to expand Medicaid here in Pennsylvania which gave 700,000 more people insurance coverage. Through Medicaid expansion, 63,000 Pennsylvanians suffering from addiction accessed drug and alcohol treatment. I hope you can join me to see firsthand how this epidemic is hurting the state you visit this week and how access to treatment through Medicaid is keeping people alive.”If the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is repealed and not replaced, over a million Pennsylvanians could lose access to health care and tens of thousands of people that are currently receiving treatment for a substance use disorder would lose insurance coverage and no longer be able to afford their treatment. Furthermore, any cuts Medicaid would seriously jeopardize Pennsylvania’s ability to provide services and treatment for patients struggling with the disease of addiction.“Cutting funding to Medicaid would just force states like Pennsylvania into a horrible choice of which vulnerable populations to give access to care and which to leave helpless,” said Governor Wolf. “My greatest fear is that cuts to Medicaid and rationing of access to treatment by the federal government will set us back even further and more people will die as a result. This is not hyperbole – access to treatment through Medicaid is keeping Pennsylvanians alive who might otherwise face overdoses or worse.” Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 25, 2017 In his 2016-2017 budget, Governor Wolf created 45 Centers of Excellence which serve as central hubs that assist those with opioid use disorders with behavioral and physical health care, along with medication-assisted treatment, as needed.  A significant number of people accessing this treatment do so thanks to Medicaid coverage. Without that coverage, we could not offer these individuals treatment.“I’ve done more than 30 roundtables and visits to these centers to meet those suffering – and those helping them. The people who do this work are heroes and the people who choose to enter treatment are bravely battling a devastating disease despite the physical and mental challenges,” said Governor Wolf. “I have seen, first hand, the consequences this disease has on people and communities. Just last week, I met with Faith, a volunteer at Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh, who spends her time rocking newborn children to sleep who are suffering from opioid withdrawal. If we cannot find a way to help more Pennsylvanians with this disease, more infants will face such an unimaginable start to their lives.”Governor Wolf offered to adjust his schedule if the Speaker is available this week while he is visiting the commonwealth and invited him to an already scheduled visit to a treatment center in Philadelphia next Monday, January 30th.Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Full text of the letter:Dear Speaker Ryan:Welcome to Pennsylvania. I wanted to extend an invitation to you to witness the extraordinary work health care providers in Pennsylvania are doing to help those suffering from substance use disorder and the devastating toll this unprecedented public health crisis is having on Pennsylvania families and communities.In my 2016-2017 budget, I expanded treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with substance use disorder. We created 45 Centers of Excellence throughout the commonwealth, which serve as central hubs that assist those with opioid use disorders with behavioral and physical health care, along with medication-assisted treatment, as needed.A significant number of people accessing this treatment do so thanks to Medicaid coverage. Without that coverage, we could not offer these individuals treatment. I’ve done more than 30 roundtables and visits to these centers to meet those suffering – and those helping them. The people who do this work are heroes and the people who choose to enter treatment are bravely battling a devastating disease despite the physical and mental challenges.I am respectfully requesting that you join me to visit a treatment center in Pennsylvania. In 2015, over 3,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to this terrible disease, and we expect the numbers for 2016 to be even higher. I will gladly adjust my schedule if you are available this week while you are in the state or, if you are available, I am already scheduled to visit a treatment center in Philadelphia next Monday, the 30th.We can all agree that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is not perfect. However, the ACA allowed me to expand Medicaid here in Pennsylvania which gave almost 700,000 people insurance coverage. Through Medicaid expansion, 63,000 Pennsylvanians suffering from addiction accessed drug and alcohol treatment.If the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is repealed and not replaced, over a million Pennsylvanians could lose access to health care and tens of thousands of people – people who areour friends, our neighbors, and our family members that are currently receiving treatment for a substance use disorder — would lose insurance coverage and no longer be able to afford their treatment.I also firmly believe that any replacement plan that further cuts Medicaid coverage for those suffering from substance use disorder would seriously jeopardize Pennsylvania’s ability to provide services and treatment for patients struggling with the disease of addiction. Cutting funding to Medicaid would just force states like Pennsylvania into a horrible choice of which vulnerable populations to give access to care and which to leave helpless.My greatest fear is that cuts to Medicaid and rationing of access to treatment by the federal government will set us back even further and more people will die as a result. This is not hyperbole – access to treatment through Medicaid is keeping Pennsylvanians alive who might otherwise face overdoses or worse.The costs of seeing doctors and paying for medication for a substance use disorder could be thousands of dollars a month without insurance. Yet a single person who receives substance use disorder treatment through Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion makes less than $16,250 a year.I have met with families and law enforcement across the commonwealth about this crisis. I have seen, first hand, the consequences this disease has on people and communities. Just last week, I met with Faith, a volunteer at Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh, who spends her time rocking newborn children to sleep who are suffering from opioid withdrawal. If we cannot find a way to help more Pennsylvanians with this disease, more infants will face such an unimaginable start to their lives.I hope you can join me to see firsthand how this epidemic is hurting the state you visit this week and how access to treatment through Medicaid is keeping people alive.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorPaul Ryan Letter by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdlast_img read more

Black Cats hit back at Di Canio

first_img The statement said: “Sunderland AFC would like to express its disappointment in relation to the disparaging comments made recently by Paolo Di Canio regarding the club and its players. “The club is immensely proud of its players for the dignified and restrained manner in which they have conducted themselves publicly since Mr Di Canio’s departure, and it is particularly disappointing to read such comments when there are legal obligations in place to ensure such behaviour does not occur. “The club is now considering its position with its legal representatives. “Having reached a cup final for the first time in 22 years, whilst also enjoying a run of only one loss in 12 games, we want to focus on what is a positive time for the football club and we would hope it is possible to draw a line under this matter quickly and that there will be no repetition. “Neither the club, head coach Gus Poyet nor the players will be making any further comment on the situation. “We are looking forward, not back and are focusing on the vital games we have ahead of us.” Di Canio, whose appointment sparked controversy because of his previously expressed political views, succeeded Martin O’Neill at the Stadium of Light in March last year, and announced himself in style with a 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle in just his second game. The 1-0 win over Everton which followed the triumph at St James’ Park helped him guide to club to top-flight safety, and owner and chairman Ellis Short sanctioned a summer recruitment drive which saw director of football Roberto De Fanti bring in 14 new faces. Sunderland are taking legal advice over the broadside launched at the club and its players by former manager Paolo Di Canio over the weekend. Press Association The 45-year-old Italian dismissed the Black Cats as “weak” as a club and some of its players as “cowards”, and was particularly critical of skipper John O’Shea and discarded duo Phil Bardsley and Lee Cattermole. However, the Wearsiders, who have seen Di Canio’s successor Gus Poyet guide them closer to Barclays Premier League safety and into the Capital One Cup final and the fifth round of the FA Cup since he took over in October, hit back in a statement on Monday afternoon. However, those two victories, plus a League Cup success against MK Dons, proved to be the only ones of Di Canio’s brief 13-match tenure and as his management style left him at odds with both his players and the fans, he was shown the door in September with the club having collected just a single point. In his comments over the weekend, Di Canio suggested he was too good for Sunderland and confirmed his intention to make his name as a manager in England with another Premier League club. It is not the first time he has found himself in the firing line with O’Neill having dismissed him as a “managerial charlatan” following his appointment as Republic of Ireland manager in the wake of criticism of his own time with the Black Cats. last_img read more

Brunt faces race against time

first_img And he could miss out again at The Hawthorns after revealing he is still being troubled by the injury. “I’m not sure if I’ll be fit, I’ve been doing bits and pieces this week but it’ll be touch and go,” said the Northern Ireland midfielder. “We have a few days to work on it but with the type of injury it is I will need to make 100 per cent sure whether I’m fit or not. “I’ll take advice from the medical staff but it’s a game I’m desperate to play in. It’s a game I’ve always enjoyed and one you look forward to. “It’s just a small strain but it depends how I react to the rehab. I felt it go straight away in the game so I knew I had to come off. “I did the right thing but I was disappointed to come off as, as soon as I stepped off the pitch, West Ham scored the second goal.” A derby defeat could see Albion drop into the relegation zone to add more pressure on under-fire boss Alan Irvine. They sit just a point above the bottom three, having won just one of their last 10 games in all competitions, and Brunt knows they must improve. Press Association West Brom skipper Chris Brunt is in a race against time to face Aston Villa after admitting he is “touch and go” for the crunch derby. The captain has been sidelined for a week with a hamstring injury and could miss the clash on Saturday. Brunt limped out of their 2-1 defeat to West Ham last week and missed the Baggies’ goalless draw at Hull at the weekend. “Things haven’t been going our way at the minute,” said the 29-year-old. “The lads stopped the rot on Saturday and the clean sheet is always a bonus in the form we’ve been in – we’ve been conceding a lot of goals. “So to get a clean sheet was great and we need to add that little bit more going forward now and hopefully try to build on it. “I’m sure the gaffer and the lads have been doing as much work as they can. We need to go and win the game, especially at home where we haven’t been playing well. “Three points is a big target for us this week. “It’s a very important one and we need to get some points on the board, especially at home.” last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimović Is Candidate for Best Player in Europe

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović is one of the 10 candidates for UEFA’s award for best European football player. Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal did not make the final list.Both players for Juventus were on the broader list of 26 names, as the only Italian representatives, but they did not enter the selection of the 10 players, according to ‘Football-Italia’.The award will be handed out on 29 August in Monaco, and the decision on the best player will be decided upon by a jury composed of journalists from all members of UEFA.This is the third handing out of an award that was founded by President of UEFA Michel Platini.European champions Bayern dominate the list with four players, but there is not one player from Chelsea, the winners of the European League.Finalist of the Champions League Borussia Dortmund has only one player on the list, Robert Lewandowski.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Old-Fashioned Fair Offers Five Days of Fun

first_imgSubmitted by The Port of OlympiaThe Thurston County Fair is better than ever with fabulous food, dizzying rides, Olde Tyme games, arts and crafts, model railroads and kids showing their animals and hoping to qualify for state. Experience it July 29 through August 2.Port of Olympia is proud to again be a partner in the Fair. Stop by the Port booth to receive a souvenir and information.The Live & Local Concert Series is a chance to see hot local bands every night. The concerts are free with Fair admission.Taste locally crafted beer, wine and cider at the 3rd annual Savor South Sound, July 31 and August 1 from 5 to 10 p.m. This year the Nisqually Tribe will also be serving freshly caught salmon as part of a custom menu.Admission hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Daily parking is $5.Fair tickets can be purchased in advance at a discount or at the gate. Ticket specials include: ·        One-Buck Wednesday, July 29: Admission is $1.00 with a non-perishable donation for the Thurston County Food Bank.·        Kid’s Day, July 30: Kids 14 and under pay only $2 admission.·        Military Appreciation Day, July 31: Show military ID and pay only $2.Arm bands for Carnival rides are good Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Arm bands can be purchased in three ways:·        Purchase by Tuesday, July 28, at the Fair office – $19.·        Bring a buddy at time of purchase on Buddy Day, July 30, to buy one Arm Band and get the second one for free – $24 total.·        Purchase at the Carnival during Fair Week – $24.For more information: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/ Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Semana could miss remainder of PVL tournament due to ankle sprain

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Semana will undergo a medical checkup on Thursday to fully diagnose the extent of her injury.The playmaker’s absence would be a big blow to the Lady Warriors who have now dropped to a 3-3 record after losing to the Angels, 25-19, 20-25,28-26, 25-21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAs of Sunday, Semana is at the fourth spot of the Best Setters list with an average of 6.79 excellent sets per period. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READcenter_img San Miguel ends 3-game slump, defeats Phoenix Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Wendy Semana writhing in pain after injuring her ankle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPocari Sweat-Air Force setter Wendy Semana could miss the remainder of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference after injuring her right ankle Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Semana suffered a high ankle sprain during the second set of their game against PetroGazz after she accidentally landed on Paneng Mercado’s foot.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Track & Field To Take On Top-Level Competition At Nebraska

first_imgThe Bulldogs are one of 35 teams are set to compete in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend including a handful of teams ranked in the USTFCCCA poll. On the men’s side, No. 11 Kansas, No. 13 Stanford and No. 16 Texas are in the meet. On the women’s side, No. 6 Texas, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 18 Kansas State lead the strong field. Meyo Invitational Live Results Meyo Invitational Heat Sheets Meyo Invitational Schedule Husker Invitational Schedule Bas Van Leersum (Zandaam, The Netherlands) has enjoyed a similar streak for the men’s team as he has recorded a top-three finish in all three of his 400-meter races this season. The senior aims to add to that streak in the 400 meters on Friday. Husker Invitational Saturday Heat Sheets Following this weekend’s meets, the team returns to the state of Iowa next weekend for the Iowa State Classic in Ames. The bulk of team begins competition at the Husker Invitational on Friday, Feb. 3, starting at 4:30 p.m. with the field events and 6 p.m. with preliminary heats on the track. Competition on Saturday begins at 11:30 a.m. Husker Invitational Live Results Husker Invitational Friday Heat Sheets  Print Friendly Version In addition to the 32 Bulldogs heading to Nebraska, senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) will compete against some the nation’s top runners in the 3,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. Fischer owns a personal best of 8:06.88, less than half a second off the school-record pace, and he will be gunning for that record in a fast heat that includes competitors from programs such as Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia Tech and Indiana. Fischer is set to race at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) aims to keep her streak of first-place finishes alive as she has won all three 60-meter hurdle competitions she has entered this season. However, this week Young steps into the blocks against hurdlers from Texas, Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas, Arizona State and Nebraska. In the field events, Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) returns to compete in her primary event this week, the triple jump. In four competition in the event this season, she has two wins and a third-place finish. Last weekend, she nearly set a personal best in the long jump with a mark that ranks as the eighth best in the Missouri Valley Conference. Story Links The Drake University track and field teams will face some of their strongest competition of the season this weekend at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska.last_img read more

Raiders believe they have their tackles of the future

first_imgALAMEDA — Any chance the Raiders have of re-establishing Derek Carr as an upper tier quarterback rests with keeping him upright with a relatively clean pocket.Too often, that didn’t happen in 2018, making Carr’s numbers (68.9 completion percentage, 4,049 yards passing) encouraging enough to move ahead with a prosepective franchise quarterback.After being sacked only 36 times in 30 games in 2016 and 2017, Carr was dropped 51 times a year ago, numbers more closely associated with his brother …last_img read more

Top 5 things we learned at 49ers HQ on Tuesday: Jimmy G vs. PG&E

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Just because they’re undefeated and living the good life does not mean the 49ers are exempt from Northern California’s biggest opponent: the PG&E power-outage crisis.Coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found themselves dealing with it last weekend. Forgive them for being caught off-guard, seeing as how they were too busy preparing for Sunday’s eventual 51-13 win over the Carolina Panthers that raised the 49ers’ record to 7-0.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER …last_img read more

Markets turmoil ‘no threat to 2010’

first_imgRegarding the impact of the global economic slowdown on the number of people travelling to South Africa for 2010, Jordaan said the weakening of South Africa’s currency meant that, for people with pounds, dollars and euros in their pockets, South Africa would be a cheaper destination. The LOC hopes the World Cup will be a force for social cohesion in South Africa, with the 2009 Confederations Cup the first step in building support for the national team ahead of the World Cup. “There is a problem of price escalation, this is clear, but we as Fifa are working closely with the LOC to try to keep the costs down.” “If the world economy had crashed in 2004 [when South Africa was raising the budget for much of its World Cup preparations], it would have been a very different picture than four years later in 2008,” Jordaan said. An expected price escalation of 10 percent in capital costs due to the problems on international markets would be a factor for the South African government and the LOC to deal with, Jordaan said. Jordaan said the same issues were a top priority for the LOC, adding, however, that work was ongoing in all these areas. “We expect about 450 000 visitors for the 2010 Fifa World Cup . which is not close to the number of people who travelled to Germany for the 2006 World Cup.” What remained of concern to Fifa ahead of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and the World Cup, Valcke said, were the issues of transport infrastructure, accommodation, overlay and security. Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke told Soccerex delegates that he was happy with where South Africa was in its preparations for 2010.center_img By 2010, there would be 31 000 extra operational police officers and 10 000 extra police reservists in South Africa, Jordaan said. Speaking at the opening of the Soccerex inter-business football exhibition in Johannesburg on Monday, Jordaan said that due to the amount of work already done for the World Cup, only slight price escalation remained a worry. South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup are in their final stages and will not be greatly affected by the current global economic turmoil, says Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan. “[M]ost of the work has already been done.” 25 November 2008 South Africa is in the process of defining and strengthening its security plans for the two tournaments, adding that the impetus of 41 000 extra police officers by 2010 would help allay fears around safety and security in the country. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more